Learn about aller – to go in the perfect tense – le passé composé in French

    Learn about aller in the perfect tense in French. This is one of the verbs that will use être in the present tense to form the passé composé. Read and listen carefully and check the translations. You can hide the French or English to help you test yourself.

    Pay particular attention to the ending of the past participle “allé”.

    Since it is formed with être you will need to add an e if it’s referring to female only: je, elle, on (if that’s the case) and elles

    • If Marie talks about herself, she could say: Je suis allée jouer au foot. – I went to play football.

    You will need to add an s if there are more than one person: nous, ils, elles, on and vous (if that’s the case)

    • If Marie and Pauline went together to the cinema, they could say: Nous sommes allées au cinéma. – We went to the cinema.
    Français (French)Sons (audio)Anglais (English)
    Je suis allé(e)
    I have gone or I went
    Tu es allé(e)
    You have gone or you went
    Il est allé
    He has gone or he went
    Elle est allée
    She has gone or she went
    On est allé(e)(s)
    One has gone or one went
    Nous sommes allé(e)s
    We have gone or we went
    Vous êtes allé(e)(s)
    You have gone or you went (More than one or formal)
    Ils sont allés
    They have gone or they went (male or male and female)
    Elles sont allées
    They have gone or they went (female only)

    Elsewhere on the web - BBC Bitesize

    Check the BBC Bitesize guide about verbs with être in the perfect tense.

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